from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various parasitic apicomplexan protozoans that cause diseases such as toxoplasmosis in the digestive tract of vertebrates.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun [lowercase] One of the coccidiidea.
- noun Pl. coccidia (-ä). In botany, a name given by Harvey to a form of conceptacle found in certain red algæ, borne on lateral branches, or sessile on the surface of the frond, and usually not opening by a pore. The spores within are attached to a central placenta.
- noun A genus of gregarines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Microbiol.) any sporozoan of the order Coccidia, parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates. It is the causative agent of coccidiosis, which can be a problem in poultry rearing.
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- noun parasitic on the digestive epithelium of vertebrates and higher invertebrates
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[New Latin Coccidium, former genus name : coccus + -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).]
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